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University of Arizona CIO Michele Norin Selected as New HEISC Co-Chair

We would like to welcome Michele Norin (CIO, The University of Arizona), who begins her term as co-chair of the EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC). She will serve alongside Larry Conrad (Vice Chancellor for IT & CIO, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), a co-chair since February 2010.

We would also like to thank Dave Swartz (CIO & AVP, American University) for his two years of service as a co-chair and member of HEISC.

Learn more about the council or contact us.

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New Cybersecurity Resources from HEISC

EDUCAUSE’s Cybersecurity Initiative has released several new resources to honor National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

In Case You Missed It: Top InfoSec Stories, Oct. 10-14

Here are 5 articles or announcements you might have missed this week (October 10-14, 2011):

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October 2011 EDUCAUSE Now Podcast Celebrates NCSAM

The October 2011 EDUCAUSE Now podcast celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) by talking with Ernest McDuffie, lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). He talks about the current efforts his organization is spearheading to bring cybersecurity awareness to the private sector and academia.

Find NCSAM resources on the Cybersecurity Initiative website. Subscribe to the EDUCAUSE Now RSS feed.

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Federated Identity Management & IAM Sessions at EDUCAUSE 2011

Going to EDUCAUSE 2011 in Philadelphia next week (October 18-21)? There's a lot going on in identity and access management (IAM) and federated identity management (IdM). Check out our handy list, or see the program with an IAM filter applied.

The IAM Working Group Community Update will take place on Wed., Oct. 19, 1:30-2:20 pm. You’ll hear about EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon IAM activities, get an update from the IAM Tools & Effective Practices project team, and have the opportunity to exchange ideas and brainstorm hot topics with colleagues. We hope to see you there!

EDUCAUSE 2011 Security Sessions

EDUCAUSE 2011 starts next week, October 18-21, in Philadelphia, PA. There are 60 security and privacy-related sessions, and the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) would like to provide some highlights.

October 12 IAM Online: Identity & Access Management Governance at Institutions of Higher Education

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Wednesday, October 12, at 3 p.m. EDT, to learn more about "Governance of Identity and Access Management at Institutions of Higher Education" with speakers Brendan Bellina (University of Southern California), Matthew Dalton (Ohio University), and Keith Hazelton (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Rodney Petersen (EDUCAUSE) will moderate this discussion. For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2011 is HERE!

It’s that time of year again! October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Help us raise awareness with your faculty, staff, and students in October by promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

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InCommon and Comodo's Unique Partnership for Higher Education

In just the first year of a unique partnership, InCommon and Comodo have issued tens of thousands of certificates to more than 120 colleges and universities across the United States. InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides the U.S. research and higher education with a framework of trust for the safe sharing of online resources. Comodo is a leading certificate authority and Internet security organization, providing businesses and consumers with a variety of security and trust services. The partnership between InCommon and Comodo CA Ltd. offers U.S. higher education institutions with unlimited certificates for one annual fee, providing substantial cost and overhead savings.